What To Expect When You Visit A Urologist

The urinary tract is a pathway in the body that removes liquid waste, also known as urine, and extra water. Waste passes through the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra, explains John Hopkins Medicine. For a male, the urinary tract also includes the male reproductive system, which comprises the prostate, scrotum, testes, and penis (via the Cleveland Clinic).

There may come a time when you have to schedule a visit to see a urologist. Urologists are medical doctors and surgeons certified by the American Board of Urology that help patients identify and treat illnesses and problems related to the urinary tract and genitals, explains Cleveland Clinic. This can include everything from urinating too frequently to having trouble creating a child. Once you reach a certain age, scheduling urology exams becomes more common to check for conditions that may appear as you get older, according to Carolina Urology Partners. But what can you expect when you visit a urologist for the first time?

What happens during a urology exam depends on the reason for visiting a urologist

There are general things that may happen during a urology exam, regardless of your condition or reason for booking the appointment in the first place. 

First, you will provide a sample of your urine, so don't urinate before going to the doctor, explains Northwell Health. You will then fill out paperwork describing your ailment and medical history. This will essentially give the doctor a general idea of the reason for your appointment. You will then see a urologist who will perform a physical exam where you can ask questions and go into more detail about your condition. Afterwards, the urologist will explain your ailment and prescribe treatment options or medication if needed.

What happens next depends on your condition. The urologist may order sonography of certain organs or other scans. He may even perform quick procedures in the office, such as a cystoscopy that examines the bladder (via Northwell Health).